STEM 32: Easy But Powerful STEM Fun at Home
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Grades: 3 to 8

Grade Levels:  2 to 5 and 5 to 8

Join STEM Educator Jackie Blumer as she demonstrates some easy but powerful STEM activities kids can do at home or class.  The first half of the program targets elementary age children as they experiment with a Rainbow Density Tower.  The program’s second half focuses on middle school students as they engage in a Catapult Engineering Challenge.

Part 1:  Rainbow Density Tower–Ever wonder why oil floats on top of water?  Let’s build a Rainbow Density Tower and find out.In this lesson, students will learn about density using a few simple ingredients found in your home.  If you want to spice things up a bit an extension of this lesson is a homemade lava lamp.  Ingredients lists for all activities are included in Teacher Tool 762 below.

Part 2:  Catapult Engineering Challenge–Want a fun and exciting way to learn about engineering?   Give your children a few supplies and task them with coming up with a Catapult that can shoot the farthest, or challenge them with hitting a target.   During this activity, students will learn about the engineering design process, easy math connections, and have a ton of hands-on fun!  An ingredients list for items needed in the challenge is provided in Teacher Tool 763 below.

Guest Expert:  Jackie Blumer, 6th and 7th Grade Science Teacher and STL STEM Chair for American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Meet Jackie and learn about a cool STEM activity related to space exploration in another Educate.Today video:  “Full STEAM Ahead with the Moon Landing Challenge.”

Student Tools
Student Tool 65: Journal Entry Worksheet
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Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet
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Student Tool 67: Share Your Learning Worksheet
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Student Tool 75: Predict, Reflect, Question Student Worksheet
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Teacher Tools
Teacher Tool 317: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Insights Through a Journal Entry
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to write a journal entry that shares learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity–Video Reflection
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 319: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Learning Verbally
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video through verbal sharing and conversation. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, invites students to increase their vocabulary by selecting, and learning the definitions of, words in the video that are unknown and/or interesting to them. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 321: Vocabulary Activity
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, asks students to listen for certain vocabulary words you have selected and define them in two ways: 1) contextually based on what they think the definition might be based on what they learn in the video; and 2) through a dictionary to either confirm or refine their contextual definition. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 762: Density Lesson
This teacher tool provides the items you'll need to try building a density tower or lava lamp yourself. Use it in conjunction with the instruction and guidance provided in the video above.
Teacher Tool 763: Catapult Challenge Lesson
This teacher tool provides the items you'll need to try your own catapult engineering design challenge. Use it in conjunction with the instruction and guidance provided in the video above.